Lab Commitment to Inclusion
The philosophy of the Animal Migration Research Group is to cultivate an environment where all members can bring their full selves to the table, thereby enabling us to do good science, learn from each other’s unique contributions, and achieve our personal and professional goals. In our academic setting, we are mindful of the power imbalance inherent in our positions and understand that safe, inclusive, and harassment-free environments must be actively cultivated in our day-to-day interactions. Thus, it is the responsibility of each of us to contribute to a supportive and welcoming lab culture for everyone with whom we interact, including PIs, postdocs, students, interns, staff, collaborators, visitors, and the public. To this end, our research group does not tolerate discrimination, harassment, or intimidation of any person or group on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical appearance, disability, national origin, citizenship status, socioeconomic background, political affiliation, parent or caretaker status, or other characteristics. Participants asked to stop discriminatory behavior are expected to comply immediately. As we strive for a personally meaningful and productive work environment, we understand we will make mistakes and, when those mistakes happen, we commit to calling each other in with kindness and to responding respectfully and with an openness to growth.
Current Lab Members
Emily Cohen (she/her)
Research in Dr. Cohen’s laboratory broadly aims to understand animal migration biology in the context of the full annual cycle.
Joely’s work combines field, captive, lab, and remotely sensed data to better understand the physiological and ecological factors that shape the incredible long-distance movements of birds. She completed her PhD at the University of Montana on seasonal and nomadic migratory decisions and her current project is combining weather radar data with historical bird banding data to study bird migration from a community ecology perspective: how species interactions influence where and when birds stopover during migration.
Claire Nemes (she/her)
Claire’s research focuses on migratory bird ecology and conservation, including songbird migration phenology, stopover behavior, and effects of free-roaming domestic cats on birds during the non-breeding seasons. Before arriving at UMCES, she completed her M.S. on Cerulean Warbler habitat use in managed forests. She devotes most of her spare brain cells to thinking up bird puns.
Luke DeGroote (he/him)
Luke DeGroote is studying the ecology of migrant landbirds including stopover habitat characteristics and use, migration strategy and phenology, and avian perception of patterned glass. He is also the Avian Research Coordinator at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Powdermill Nature Reserve where he oversees the long-term bird banding operation.
Megan Massa (she/her)
Megan is studying the response of grassland birds to management in National Battlefield Parks. Her project also incorporates communication of her science through her artwork and design.
Animal Migration Research Group Collaborators
Aeroecology Program, University of Delaware, Dr. Jeff Buler
Radar Aeroecology, Lund University, Dr. Cecilia Nilsson
Institute of Ecology INECOL, Mexico, Dr. Sergio A. Cabrera-Cruz
AeroEco Lab, Colorado State University, Dr. Kyle Horton
Bird Genoscape Project, Colorado State University, Dr. Kristen Ruegg
Migratory Connectivity Project, Amy Scarpignato and Dr. Pete Marra
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Migratory Bird Program, Dr. Jeffrey Hostetler
Vermont Center for Ecostudies, Dr. Michael Hallworth
Bird Observatories, Banding and Tracking
Michigan State Bird Observatory, Dr. Jen Owen
Powdermill Avian Research Center, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Lucas DeGroote
Northeast Motus Collaboration, Lucas DeGroote
Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture, Amanda Duren and Dr. Todd Fearer
Hamer Lab of Disease Eco-Epidemiology, Texas A&M University, Dr. Sarah Hamer
Loss Lab of Global Change Ecology & Management, Oklahoma State University, Dr. Scott Loss
National Capital Inventory & Monitoring Network, National Park Service, Dr. Liz Matthews
Virginia working Landscapes, SCBI, Dr. Amy Johnson
Public Engagement with Science, UMCES, Dr. Cat Davis
Towson University Center for STEM Excellence, Dr. Mary Stapleton